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What Do Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan and Kenny Rogers Have In Common? [VIDEO]

On the morning of April 5th, 1985, roughly 8000 radio stations around the world banded together at 10:25am…to broadcast “We Are The World” by the super group USA For Africa. The radio collaboration was in support of the famine in Ethiopia, while the artist collaboration was to benefit the whole continent of Africa. Needless to say, the recording with that many stars and egos didn’t go smoothly. But in the end, “We Are The World” sold over 20 million singles and quickly became the fastest-selling American pop single in history.

The song was recorded over a period of about a week with the key players like Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie (the song’s co-writers) laying down the main tracks. A few nights later, following the 1985 American Music Awards, the rest of the lineup made their way over to the recording studio and pulled an all nighter. By 8am on January 29th, it was completed. More than 45 of America’s biggest artists participated in the recording, and another 50 had to be turned away. Upon entering the recording studio, the musicians were greeted by a sign on the door which read, “Please check your egos at the door.” They were also greeted by Stevie Wonder, who told everyone if the recording was not completed in one take, he and Ray Charles would drive everybody home. Since its release, “We Are the World” has raised over $63 million for humanitarian causes.

Check out the video and see who participated in this monumental song below.

Lionel Richie
Stevie Wonder
Paul Simon
Kenny Rogers
James Ingram
Tina Turner
Billy Joel
Michael Jackson
Diana Ross
Dionne Warwick
Willie Nelson
Al Jarreau
Bruce Springsteen
Kenny Loggins
Steve Perry
Daryl Hall
Huey Lewis
Cyndi Lauper
Kim Carnes
Bob Dylan
Ray Charles
Dan Aykroyd
Harry Belafonte
Lindsey Buckingham
Mario Cipollina
Johnny Colla
Sheila E.
Bob Geldof
Bill Gibson
Chris Hayes
Sean Hopper
Jackie Jackson
La Toya Jackson
Marlon Jackson
Randy Jackson
Tito Jackson
Waylon Jennings
Bette Midler
John Oates
Jeffrey Osborne
Anita Pointer
June Pointer
Ruth Pointer
Smokey Robinson

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